Industry group lobbies for insurance payouts to bars

Nate Whitehouse, co-founder of Drifter Spirits, and bar operator Maxwell Britten have launched advocacy group Thirst, which will lobby insurance companies to pay out claims to the on-trade in the aftermath of Covid-19. Whitehouse and Britten were inspired to create the group after reading widespread reports of insurance companies denying claims from small restaurants and bars across the US. In response, Thirst will utilise federal advocacy, plaintiff’s lawsuits, state pressure and public opinion to push…

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Bars plan legal action over covid-19 insurance claims

More than 100 bars, pubs and clubs are planning to take coordinated legal action against insurer Hiscox for not paying business interruption insurance claims. Business owners have filed claims to Hiscox but have allegedly been told their business interruption policies do not cover the covid-19 pandemic. Michael Kill, CEO of Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), said: “Night time economy businesses are being denied legitimate insurance claims, many claims are being disputed by insurers based on…

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